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Title

Portrait of Mrs Alexander Spark

1840

Artist

Maurice Felton

England, Australia

1803 - 30 Mar 1842

Alternate image of Portrait of Mrs Alexander Spark by Maurice Felton
Alternate image of Portrait of Mrs Alexander Spark by Maurice Felton
Alternate image of Portrait of Mrs Alexander Spark by Maurice Felton
Alternate image of Portrait of Mrs Alexander Spark by Maurice Felton
Alternate image of Portrait of Mrs Alexander Spark by Maurice Felton
Alternate image of Portrait of Mrs Alexander Spark by Maurice Felton
Alternate image of Portrait of Mrs Alexander Spark by Maurice Felton
Alternate image of Portrait of Mrs Alexander Spark by Maurice Felton
Alternate image of Portrait of Mrs Alexander Spark by Maurice Felton
  • Details

    Other Title
    Mrs Alexander Sparke
    Date
    1840
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    142.5 x 114.0 cm stretcher; 177.5 x 150.5 x 13.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r. on upper spine of book, yellow oil "M FELTON".
    Dated l.r. on lower spine of book, yellow oil "1840".

    Credit
    Purchased 1974
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    117.1974
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    Maurice Felton

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Naval surgeon Maurice Felton (1803-42) gained considerable acclaim from his secondary pursuit, painting landscapes and society portraits. Unfortunately his Australian career was short lived, due to his untimely death from unrecorded causes less than four years after his arrival in Sydney.

    This portrait is one of the artist’s finest. Its subject, Frances Maria Spark, was the wife of successful merchant and art patron Alexander Brodie Spark, who commissioned this portrait shortly after their marriage. Mrs Spark was a woman of substance in colonial society, residing with her husband at Tempe House, the John Verge (1782-1861) designed house on the Cooks River, south of Sydney.

    This original frame was commissioned by Mr Sparks from Solomon Lewis in 1840, and was restored in 2008. The gilded surface is mostly original.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 8 publications